Congratulations to Brian on his first festival win!
Animating the Void: Erasing Michelle from “Full House”, a short film directed by Andrew Austin (MFA ‘14), will premiere this evening at the DC Shorts Film Festival. Austin completed the film as part of his MFA Creative Project while at the DFP. The film chronicles his quest to digitally remove the character of Michelle Tanner from the sitcom, Full House–a video project that invited some unexpected attention. The film will also be screening at the Chagrin Falls Documentary Film Festival on October 9.
The Possum Drop, directed by Mindy Keeley, will make its international debut at the JOZI Film Festival in Johannesburg, South Africa. The third annual film festival will take place on February 21-23.
Participating in pitch competitions against your peers is a great way to test your pitching skills and get feedback on your ideas. DFP student Diane Hodson will get the opportunity do just that in the Pitch Perfect competition at the 24th annual New Orleans Film Festival on October 12th. Pitch Perfect provides film students from a number of universities the opportunity to practice the art of pitching to a panel of film industry professionals. Diane will pitch her thesis film, co-directed by Jasmine Luoma, on map-maker Denis Wood, author of Everything Sings and The Power of Maps.
The Possum Drop, directed by Mindy Keeley, brings home a win in its film festival debut. The film took 2nd place honors in the Documentary Short Division of the Knoxville Film Festival.
The film will continue its festival run at the Chagrin Documentary Film Festival in Chagrin Falls, Ohio on October 3 and 4.
Kids of Conquest, a short film co-directed by Jasmine Luoma and Diane Hodson, will screen at the Chagrin Documentary Film Festival in Chagrin Falls, Ohio on October 2nd. The film follows three sixth grade students from Winston-Salem, NC as they create historical documentaries dramatically bringing to life famous conquerors and invaders.
The One Who Builds co-directed by Peter Carolla, Hillary Pierce and Nick Gooler, brings home a Best Short Documentary win at the Massachusetts Independent Film Festival. This marks the first best in category win for The One Who Builds.
The Legitimate Child, co-directed and co-produced by Michele Ferris and Kelly McKenna, will be featured in the Dayton Film Festival. The film will appear in the Shorts Blocks II screening on Sunday August 25th, 1:00 p.m. at the Neon in Dayton.
The Possum Drop, directed by Mindy Keeley, also continues its festival run with an official selection to the Knoxville Film Festival. The festival will be held September 19-22.
Andrew Austin, with his Power Glove in hand, delivered an entertaining and informative pitch to capture top honors in RiverRun’s 2nd Annual Pitchfest. Austin pitched The Power of Glove, a film that chronicles the colorful history and legacy of the first video game controller that allowed players to control Nintendo games with 3D hand gestures, to a panel of industry professionals. Austin received $500 in prize money to be used toward the production of the film he is co-directing with Paula Kosowski and Adam Ward.
The PitchFest competition featured film students from the DFP, Elon, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro and The University of North Carolina School of the Arts
A former student premiering a film at the Tribeca Film Festival is a thrill, three alums screening at Tribeca at the same time is beyond thrilling. DFP faculty members Sandy Dickson, Cindy Hill and Cara Pilson are delighted with the recent A-list film festival success of their former University of Florida students. From Sundance to Tribeca these former students are making their mark as storytellers.
Running from Crazy, directed by Barbara Kopple and co-produced by David Cassidy (2002 UF alum) is following its Sundance premiere with screenings at Tribeca, FullFrame Documentary Film Festival and Sundance London.
LET THE FIRE BURN, directed by Jason Osder (2001UF alum) will premiere in the World Documentary Competition section of Tribeca. The film will also screen in the Special Presentations program at Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Film Festival and in the San Francisco International Film Festival in the feature documentary competition.
Michael Beach Nichols (2009 UF alum) and Deidre Schoo’s film Flex Is Kings will also make its world premiere at Tribeca. In addition, An Unreal Dream: The Michael Morton Story, a film John Aldrich (2000 UF alum) worked on as co-producer, cinematographer and editor recently made its premiere at SXSW.
The faculty could not be more proud of the work these alums have produced and of the contribution they are making to the documentary filmmaking community.